2 Tips to Create a Warm and Cozy, BLUE Bedroom.

Last week while at a color consult my client said she wanted her bedroom to feel warm and cozy and wanted to paint the walls Blue……wait, what???

Since childhood weren’t we taught that Blue along with Green and Purple were the cool colors while Red, Orange, and Yellow were the warm colors?

Although it is true that Blue is a cool color, here are two things you can do to achieve the feel of a warm and cozy room and still paint your walls blue.

#1.  Pick a “warm” blue. Blues range in hue from icy cold to warm so be sure to pick a blue with more gray or yellow in it.  Look at this color temperature scale below.

color temperature scale

color temperature scale

I know it seems backwards but Color temperatures over 5,000K are called cool colors (blueish white), while lower color temperatures (2,700–3,000 K) are called warm colors (yellowish white through red)

The closer the blue gets to yellow the warmer it appears.  Cool blues are bright, happy and energizing, often leaning a little to the purple side like a powder blue or a cornflower blue, while Warm blues tend to lean a little to the turquoise side and are more relaxing and soothing.

Can you “feel” the difference between this cool blue bedroom

cool blue bedroom

cool blue bedroom

and this warmer blue bedroom below.

"warm" blue bedroom

"warm" blue bedroom

#2. Use Warm accent colors to warm up a Blue bedroom.

Elaine Griffin blue bedroom

Elaine Griffin Design

The warm brown wood of the bed as well as the  Orange pillows and duvet create a warm and cozy feeling in this blue bedroom. In the bedroom below the jolt of Orange in the quilt keeps the room from feeling too cold.



Same idea here in this blue bed room below. Although the walls are a seemingly “cool” blue, all the red accents keep it from feeling cold.

Blue bed room red accents


Personally, I love Blue for a bed room since it is such a calming and restful color. What about you? What color is your bed room? If it’s blue, is it a warm or cool blue?

Please contact me if you would like help creating a beautiful bedroom, blue or any other color!

14 Responses to 2 Tips to Create a Warm and Cozy, BLUE Bedroom.
  1. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    I can’t believe you wrote this post – I was just thinking about this the other day!! I often have clients who are initially opposed to blue because they’ve heard it’s a “cool” color. I really think we should stop using the cool/warm adjectives for color – it may be more confusing than helpful! Thanks for the post – the difference in the 2 blue rooms really illustrate your point!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Kristie, I agree with you that it is a challenge to get people out of that whole cool/warm color idea. Let’s face it, there are cool(er) reds and warm(er) blues…it’s all in the undertones…right?

  2. Sarah @ Redesigning Sarah Reply

    What a great post! And so true about blue and what you put around it.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Sarah I appreciate the feedback

  3. Kelly Reply

    Great examples of both cool and warm rooms. I love the orange and blue together. Beautiful!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kelly. I love the orange as well.

  4. Sherry Daniele Reply

    LOVE the two blue rooms contrasted next to each other – that really shows off the different moods that blue can deliver. Great post, Linda!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Sherry!

  5. katherine bagshaw Reply

    Linda,your explanation of blue(s)realy hit home! I’ve been trying to figure out what color would complete our bedroom that has light grey/blue walls. I’ll look towards the warm orange/reds as accents. I learn so much from your site, your knowledge base shines with such informative articles. You make it easy to understand color! THX!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Katherine, thank you so much for the kind comment. I love to share my knowledge about color (as you know). I thank you for reading my blog and especially for taking the time to comment.

  6. Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs Reply

    I love decorating with blue in my own home. I have a soft blue in a few of the rooms and none of them feel cold. The blue is so calming and relaxing. By adding some pops of pinks, reds and yellows in the fabrics and accessories it is not cold at all!
    Gorgeous photos!

  7. Karen Reply

    Hi, my 13yr old daughter is moving into the loft room and wants it blue with white furniture. Looking at your charts above it’s about the coldest blue you can get! She knows her own mind though and is adament that is what she wants. Any tips on subtle colour introductions or fairy lights etc to help warm it up? Thank u x

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Karen,
      There is nothing wrong with a cool blue as long as that is the look you are going for.to warm up the room just add some accents in warm colors suck as red, orange or yellow. Think about bedding, pillows, window treatments etc. good luck!

  8. Karen Reply

    Thank you Linda, we have seen some bedding she likes with lots of different colours in. Just need to settle on a colour for the carpet now!
    Thanks again for your advice.

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